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Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.


The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The multi-talented, many-faced comedian talks about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.' 


Johnny Flynn Hits a New Note in 'Song One'

Friday, January 23, 2015

The British singer-songwriter and actor joins director Kate Barker-Froyland in the Soundcheck studio to talk about their new film 'Song One,' also starring Anne Hathaway. 

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We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together... Probably

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

At a time when bands reform as quickly as they break up, Soundcheck's John Schaefer mulls over what it means for a band to part ways and how soon it will before they reunite.

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The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.


The Under 30 Club: The Best Young Music Makers of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

From the cool-girl chic of Dum Dum Girls, to Echosmith's family affair, we present some of the best young talent we roped into the Soundcheck studio this year. 


Mica Levi Gets 'Under The Skin' With Her Unsettling Score

Monday, December 29, 2014

Best known as Micachu, the experimental musician adapts her off-kilter sonic palette to the screen for the 2014 Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film.

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Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross Find The Musicality In Noise With 'Gone Girl'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For three decades, the Nine Inch Nails leader and Oscar-winning composer has created innovative and abrasive music. He and collaborator Atticus Ross discuss their score for Gone Girl.

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is A Timeless, Triple-Threat Triumph... Mostly

Friday, December 19, 2014

Alan Light discusses 30 years of Prince's master stroke in the new book, 'Let’s Go Crazy: Prince & The Making of Purple Rain.'


Soundtracking 'Serial': The Musicians Behind the Podcast

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Composers Nick Thorburn and Mark Henry Phillips talk about crafting distinctive, suggestive sounds for the groundbreaking show. 


Pentatonix: A Holiday A Capella Miracle

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Acca-scuse me? This Texas-based vocal group put out a holiday album and it's number two on the Billboard album charts. Time to revisit this recent Soundcheck appearance. 


Will Album Covers Ever Be This Good Again?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The most mind-bending album covers of the '60s and '70s came to us courtesy of the design team Hipgnosis, rock stars of the design world. The firm's co-founder talks about its heyday.

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The Last Hours of Death By Audio

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For many of those lucky enough to spend extended amounts of time at the DIY venue, it was one of the few places that felt genuinely inclusive, nestled in a fast-gentrifying neighborhood.


A Guide to All These Box Sets The Music Industry Keeps Churning Out

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, so let’s talk for the moment about the life preserver the record labels are currently clinging to: The box set.


Jeff Goldblum: The Podcast Version!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Download our conversation with the actor and jazz pianist, who stopped by our studio with his jazz band last week. 

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How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything (About Music)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Now is your chance to ask our famously brainy host anything. You can ask for tips, advice or information -- as long as its connected to the world of music.

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'Missed Connections' At Coachella: Dramatic Readings

Friday, April 18, 2014

Soundcheck brings some of Craigslist's best Coachella-related posts to life.


Nickel Creek on Nickelback

Thursday, April 03, 2014

It happens more often than you'd think. So John Schaefer had the bluegrass group listen to some Nickelback tunes and offer their thoughts.


Morrissey Book Club: The Exit-Interview Podcast

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our staff comes to terms with reading (or attempting to read) Morrissey's Autobiography, with the help of Smiths biographer Tony Fletcher.

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